Delaware County Public Health says the first case of the omicron variant of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Delaware County.
The omicron variant spreads more easily than the original virus and has become the dominant strain of COVID-19 across the nation.
Delaware County Public Health says while having this confirmation is concerning due to how easily this variant spreads, it is important to note that the guidelines are the same for all COVID-19 variants.
Delaware County Public Health Supervisor Krystle DeShaw says COVID-19 vaccines remain the best tool to help protect people from the virus, slow transmission and reduce the chance of new variants emerging.
DeShaw says if you’re sick, stay home. Cover your coughs and wash your hands frequently. And wear a mask when indoors as the entire state of Iowa has a high level of COVID-19 transmission at this time.
Vaccines are readily available in the community. Visit regmedctr.org/covid-vaccine-update to find vaccine resources and eligibility information. And if you have questions, please contact your healthcare provider, Regional Family Health at 927-7777 or Delaware County Public Health at 927-7551.